Game Notes 14: Indiana, Wisconsin

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Seniors Anna Drewry, Courtney Gosewisch, Amanda Miller and Ariel Turner look to keep the Monon Spike in Purdue's hands  for the fourth straight year when they face Indiana on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Seniors Anna Drewry, Courtney Gosewisch, Amanda Miller and Ariel Turner look to keep the Monon Spike in Purdue's hands for the fourth straight year when they face Indiana on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 20, 2012

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The Slate
Wednesday, Nov. 21: 6 p.m. vs. Indiana
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Parking: Due to the 8 p.m. men's basketball game, volleyball patrons without an F lot volleyball pass are being asked to park north of Ross Ade stadium in the R and M lots.
Promotion: Black Out. Wear Black and support the Boilers as they battle Indiana for the Monon Spike.
- $2 admission by showing your men's basketball vs. UNC Wilmington ticket.

Friday, Nov. 23: 7 p.m. vs. Wisconsin
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Promotion: Senior Night - Help us honor our four seniors in their final regular season home match. Ceremony will take place before the match.

The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: The No. 22 Boilermakers (19-10, 10-8 Big Ten) wrap up the regular season with home games against Indiana and Wisconsin this week. Purdue returns 12 players, including five starters, from the 2011 team which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Head coach Dave Shondell is in his 10th season with the team, which was picked third in the 2012 Big Ten preseason poll.

Last Time Out: Purdue dropped a pair of home matches last weekend, falling to No. 15 Ohio State 3-0 and No. 2 Penn State 3-1.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Ariel Turner paces the Boilermakers with 4.32 kills and 2.64 digs per set, while also serving up 23 aces. Outside hitters Catherine Rebarchak (2.19) and Annie Drews (2.03), middle blocker Kiki Jones (1.87), outside hitter Val Nichol (1.66) and middle blocker Anna Drewry (1.64) also contribute offensively. Jones is hitting a team-best .368 clip. Drews also is hitting over .300 at .303.

Defensively, libero Carly Cramer has posted 4.20 digs per set, while Turner (2.62), defensive specialist Amanda Neill (2.31), setter Rachel Davis (2.25) and defensive specialist Hilliary Fox (1.83) follow. Cramer has served up a team-leading 29 aces, while defensive specialist Amanda Miller has added 12. At the net, Drewry and Jones pace the team with 1.03 and 0.89 stuffs per set. Jones also adds 11 aces to the team tally. As a team, Purdue is hitting .242 and has served up 107 aces.

Series Information
Indiana (Purdue leads the series 55-34): The Boilermakers won the first two meetings in the series with the Hoosiers, which began on Oct. 4, 1975, but Indiana took eight of the next nine. Purdue launched a 24-match win streak on Sept. 20, 1978, which lasted through the end of the 1985 season. The teams split the next 14 matches. The Hoosiers took 16 of the next 21 contests from 1992 to 2002. The Boilermakers swept the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons. An IU win in Bloomington snapped the streak, but Purdue has won eight of the last 10, including season sweeps in 2008 and 2010 and 2011. Indiana won the Oct. 16 match in Bloomington, 3-1.

Wisconsin (Wisconsin leads the series 37-29): The teams split the first six contests of the series which began on Oct. 11, 1975. Purdue surged ahead in the series with 10 straight wins from 1981 to 1986. The Badgers won 11 of the next 19, but never more than two matches in a row. Wisconsin went ahead in the series with 17 straight wins from 1996 to 2004. The Boilermakers stopped the streak, taking two of the next three matches in four sets. The Badgers swept the 2006 and 2007 meetings, but Purdue swept the 2008 and 2009 contests, winning three via five-set decisions. The teams split the 2010 meetings with each winning on its home court. Purdue won the last contest, a 3-0 decision on Nov. 25, 2011, in Madison.

What a Difference a Win Makes...
If the Boilermakers top Indiana on Wednesday...
• They will move to 20-10 on the season and 11-8 in Big Ten play, securing the sixth 20-win season under Coach Shondell. (also 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011) and 18th in program history.

• They will secure a winning Big Ten record for the seventh time under Shondell (also 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011).

• They will even the season series with Indiana, avenging the Oct. 16 loss in Bloomington.

• They will maintain possession of the Monon Spike travelling trophy for the fifth straight season and the ninth time under Coach Shondell, upping the number of P links on the chain to 26 to just 12 I links.

• They will move to 186-157 all-time in the month of November, including a 14-4 mark on Nov. 21.

Hearing about the Hoosiers
At First Glance: The Indiana Hoosiers (12-18, 4-14 Big Ten) wrap up their 2012 season at Purdue on Wednesday and against Minnesota on Saturday. Indiana returns nine letterwinners, including five starters, from the 2011 squad which posted a 9-23 record and finished tied for 11th in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are coached by Sherry Dunbar, who is in her sixth year with the team.

Last Time Out: Indiana fell to No. 2 Penn State 3-0 and No. 15 Ohio State 3-1 last weekend.

Statistically Speaking: Outside hitter Jordan Haverly headlines the IU offense with 3.96 kills per set, while also adding 2.35 digs per set and 33 aces. Right side hitter Kelci Marschall (2.45) and middle blockers Morgan Leach (2.25) and Samantha Thrower (2.11) also add more than two kills per set. Thrower is hitting at a team-best .309 clip, while also putting up 1.26 blocks per set and serving 25 aces. Outside hitter Amelia Anderson (1.79 kps) also contributes to the offense.

Defensively, libero Caitlin Hansen leads the way with 3.53 digs per set. Haverly (2.35), defensive specialist Courtney Harnish (2.14) and freshman setter Katie Gallagher (1.98) also add aid the Hoosier defense. Gallagher and senior Whitney Granado have split time at setter, averaging 10.29 and 10.79 assists per set respectively. As a team, IU is hitting .195 and has served up 139 aces.

A Bit About The Badgers
At First Glance: The Wisconsin Badgers (17-14, 5-13 Big Ten) have lost eight of their last 10 matches heading into Wednesday's home match with Minnesota. Wisconsin returns 13 letterwinners, including six starters, from the 2011 squad which posted a 16-16 record and finished eighth in the Big Ten. The Badgers are coached by Pete Waite, who is in his 14th year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Badgers swept Iowa on Friday, snapping a five-match losing streak, but fell to No. 9 Nebraska 3-0 on Sunday.

Statistically Speaking: Four Badgers are averaging more than two kills per set to lead the offensive attack. Outside hitter Ellen Chapman (2.94), middle blocker Alexis Mitchell (2.65), right side hitter Julie Mikaelsen (2.56) and outside hitter Bailey Reshel (2.42) make up the group, while outside hitter Crystal Graff adds 1.99 kills per set. Middle blocker Mary Ording paces the team at the net, putting up 1.10 blocks per set, followed by Mitchell (1.08) and setter Courtney Thomas (0.81).

Defensively, libero Annemarie Hickey leads the way with 4.83 digs per set, while also addinga team-best 31 aces.. Thomas follows with 2.54 digs per set, while defensive specialist Caroline Workman adds 2.10 digs per set. Workman and defensive speciliast Deme Morales each have served up 19 aces. As a team, Wisconsin is hitting .232 and boasts 123 aces.

In The Records Book
Senior outside hitter Ariel Turner is climbing the all-time statistical rankings. With 92 swings over the Nov. 16-17 weekend, Turner became the Purdue career record holder in hitting attempts with 5,299, surpassing Danita Merlau's record of 5,247 from 2005-08.

Turner ranks second on the career kills list with 1,805, having passed Merlau's tally of 1729 with a 16-kill effort against Northwestern, Nov. 3.

Turner also is approaching the 1,000 dig milestone, with 966 thus far as a Boilermaker. With 34 more digs, she would become the 16th Purdue player to reach the milestone and just the seventh player to post 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.

Redshirt junior libero Carly Cramer ranks ninth in career digs with 1,234, just nine out of eighth place. Cramer moved into ninth on Oct. 31, passing Kim Corwin's tally of 1,145.

Redshirt junior setter Rachel Davis recorded her 2,000th career assist on Oct. 13. She ranks 10th on Purdue's all-time list in the category with 2,405.

Among The Nation
The Boilermakers rank 53rd nationally in hitting percentage (.242). Individually, Ariel Turner ranks 24th in points per set (4.94) and 25th in kills per set (4.32), while Kiki Jones ranks 38th in hitting percentage (.368).

Poll Position
The Boilermakers fell one spot to No. 22 in this week's AVCA Coaches Poll after spending two weeks at No. 21. Purdue has been ranked in the Top 25 throughout the 2012 season.

On August 27, the team was ranked seventh, a listing which tied the highest ranking in program history, matching the No. 7 listing from Nov. 14, 1983. Purdue was ranked No. 9 in the 2012 Preseason AVCA Coaches Poll, marking their highest starting listing in program history.

This week's ranking is Purdue's 128th all-time since the AVCA polls began in 1982, including preseason and postseason listings.

Purdue was listed among the Top 10 in six straight polls from Nov. 7, 2011 to Aug. 27, 2012 ­­- its longest stay there since 1983 (eight straight polls: Sept. 26 to Nov. 28).

The Monon Spike
As part of the annual rivalry between Indiana and Purdue, the volleyball programs play for the Monon Spike travelling trophy at an alternating match each year. This year's match is in West Lafayette, on Wednesday. The winner of the designated match earns possession of the trophy until the next season's contest and also adds a link to the chain, a "P" link for a Purdue victory or an "I" link for an Indiana victory. The Spike currently boasts 26 Ps and 12 Is. Purdue has taken eight of the last nine Spike matches dating to 2003. The Boilermakers lead the all-time series with the Hoosiers 55-34.

The Spike match also is a part of the annual Crimson and Gold Cup multi-sport challenge between the schools. A point is awarded to the victor in each of the head to head meetings between the schools' 18 common sports. In the event of a tie or series split, each team is awarded one-half point. Football will play for its point in the annual Old Oaken Bucket game in West Lafayette on Saturday.

Turner Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist
A leader on the court and in the classroom, senior outside hitter Ariel Turner was named as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes for their achievements in community, classroom, character and competition. The winner will be decided by media members and Division I coaches (2/3) as well as a fan vote component (1/3), and will be announced at the NCAA Final Four in Louisville. Fans can vote once daily per device at seniorclassaward.com/vote/DI_volleyball_2012.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their community.

The 2012 candidate class of 30 included 16 AVCA All-Americans from last season, including Turner, who garnered first team accolades. Turner was the lone member of the candidate pool that received Capital One Academic All-America honors in 2011, although 24 of them boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.